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Colombian Air Force leads multinational airdrop mission

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A member of the Colombian Commando Forces participates in a personnel drop from a Casa-295 flown by the Colombian Air Force at Exercise Mobility Guardian Aug. 06, 2017. More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of Mobility Guardian. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. The exercise is designed to sharpen Airmen’s skills in support of combatant commander requirements. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Colombian Air Force leads multinational airdrop mission

Colombian Air Force Capt. Oscar Norberto Zabala Lopez and U.S. Air Force Capt. Dave Mackintosh, 41st Airlift Squadron weapons officer, speak to a group of multinational partners during a flight planning meeting for Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 5, 2017. Mobility Guardian is a realistic, scenario-driven exercise, with a significant portion focused on integrating the U.S. Air Force with joint and international partners. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Colombian Air Force leads multinational airdrop mission

Colombain, French, Pakistani and U.S. Air Force stand in front of a Colombian Casa 295 aircraft prior to flight during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 6, 2017. Nineteen multinational service members from Colombia, France and Pakistan jumped out of the Casa 295 at Larson, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Colombian Air Force leads multinational airdrop mission

Colombian Air Force members, suit-up for a multinational personnel airdrop from a Colombian 295 aircraft in a during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 6, 2017. Nineteen multinational service members from Colombia, France and Pakistan jumped out of the Casa 295 at Larson, Wash. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Mobility Guardian

Multinational paratroopers from the Colombian Air Force, French Air Force, and Pakistan Air Force drop from a Colombian Air Force CASA C-295 at Larson, Wash., Aug. 6, 2017, in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian. More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of Mobility Guardian. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. The exercise is designed to sharpen Airmen's skills in support of combatant commander requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kristen Heller)

Colombian Air Force leads multinational airdrop mission

A Colombian Air Force member speaks to Pakistani Air Force members prior to a flight on a Colombian Casa 295 aircraft for a multinational personnel airdrop during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 6, 2017. The Colombian Air Force planned, led and executed the airdrop mission with participation from the French and Pakistani Air Forces and support from the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

Mobility Guardian

A multinational group of service members from the French Air Force, Colombian Air Force, Pakistan Air Force, Belgian Air Force, Brazilian Air Force, and Argentine Air Force, conduct a personnel drop from a Casa-295 flown by the Colombian Air Force to earn jump wings with the Colombian Commando Forces at Exercise Mobility Guardian Aug. 06, 2017. More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of Mobility Guardian. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. The exercise is designed to sharpen Airmen’s skills in support of combatant commander requirements. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Mobility Guardian

Multinational paratroopers gather their gear after a jump at Larson Wash., Aug. 6, 2017, in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian. More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of Mobility Guardian. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. The exercise is designed to sharpen Airmen's skills in support of combatant commander requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kristen Heller)

Mobility Guardian

Multinational service paratroopers from the Colombian Air Force, French Air Force, and Pakistan Air Force descend from a Colombian Air Force CASA C-295 into a designated drop zone at Larson Wash., Aug. 6, 2017, in support of Exercise Mobility Guardian. More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of Mobility Guardian. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. The exercise is designed to sharpen Airmen's skills in support of combatant commander requirements. (U.S. Air Force photo/Airman 1st Class Kristen Heller)

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A member of the Colombian Commando Forces participates in a personnel drop from a Casa-295 flown by the Colombian Air Force at Exercise Mobility Guardian Aug. 06, 2017. More than 3,000 Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, Marines and international partners converged on the state of Washington in support of Mobility Guardian. The exercise is intended to test the abilities of the Mobility Air Forces to execute rapid global mobility missions in dynamic, contested environments. Mobility Guardian is Air Mobility Command's premier exercise, providing an opportunity for the Mobility Air Forces to train with joint and international partners in airlift, air refueling, aeromedical evacuation and mobility support. The exercise is designed to sharpen Airmen’s skills in support of combatant commander requirements. (U.S. Air Force Photo by Tech. Sgt. Gregory Brook)

Colombian Air Force leads multinational airdrop mission
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Colombian Air Force Capt. Oscar Norberto Zabala Lopez, Tech. Sgt. John Jairo Zuluaga Luna and Senior Master Sgt. Fredrick Monroy Velasquez, speak to Pakistani Air Force Wing Commander Naeem Akram, during a flight planning meeting for Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 5, 2017. More than 3,000 military personnel will participate in the exercise from July 31 to Aug. 12, including members of the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, sister services and 25 international partners, to include, Colombia and Brazil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz

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U.S. Air Force Capt. Dave Mackintosh, 41st Airlift Squadron weapons officer, briefs Colombian, French and Pakistani Air Forces personnel during a flight planning meeting for Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug, 5, 2017. More than 3,000 military personnel will participate in the exercise from July 31 to Aug. 12, including members of the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, sister services and 25 international partners, to include, Colombia and Brazil. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

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French Air Force members enter a Colombian Air Force Casa 295 aircraft for a multinational personnel airdrop during Exercise Mobility Guardian at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., Aug. 6, 2017. The Colombian air force planned, led and executed the airdrop mission with participation from the French and Pakistani Air Forces and support from the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Angela Ruiz)

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. --

The Colombian Air Force conducted a multinational personnel airdrop mission from their Casa 295 aircraft during Exercise Mobility Guardian Aug. 6.

The French and Pakistani Air Forces participated in the mission which the Colombians planned, led and executed with support from the U.S. Air Force.

“The U.S. planning cell provided us with a lot of information, like the route and mission,” said Colombian Air Force Maj. Jesus Cortes, mission planner. “We also gathered information for an international jump and were able brief our crews to accomplish the mission.”

Nineteen multinational service members from Colombia, France and Pakistan jumped out of the Casa 295 onto their drop zone at Larson, Washington.

 “What we saw today was everything that was scheduled, everything that was planned, and everything was [carried out] just like it was briefed, we appreciate that,” said French Air Force Chief Adjutant Liliam Lagasse.

Effective communication is critical for airdrop operations and with personnel onboard that spoke five languages the Colombians held two meeting the day prior with all members participating and ensured that jumpers had ample time to prepare their gear on the day of the jump.

“In the plane we spoke with many hand languages,” Lagasse said. “We were speaking with signals with our hands [and body]. I think maybe we will try to do that in France.”

According to a Colombian Air Force Mobility Guardian informational booklet, the Colombian Air Force is shifting its mission towards increasing their participation in the global context, projecting its capabilities through allied interoperability and joint operations. 

 “This exercise demonstrates the success of years of partnership between the U.S and Colombia,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Daniel Mangan, 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern) Strategic Plans and Programs deputy director. “Their performance was absolutely superb, especially considering the fact that they planned, led, and executed a multinational jump.  This is proof positive that Colombia is a security exporter and a first-rate strategic partner for the U.S.”

Mobility Guardian is an Air Mobility Command led exercise that is designed to enhance the capabilities of mobility Airmen by preparing them to succeed in the dynamic threat environments, while strengthening partnerships, discovery, learning and improving together as an integrated team.